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ECN-2461The M2-F3 Lifting Body is seen here on the lakebed next to the NASA Flight Research Center (FRC--later Dryden Flight Research Center), Edwards, California. The May 1967 crash of the M2-F2 had torn off the left fin and landing gear. It had also damaged the external skin and internal structure. Flight Research Center engineers worked with Ames Research Center and the Air Force in redesigning the vehicle with a center fin to provide greater stability. Then Northrop Corporation cooperated...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/M2-F3/ECN-2461.html
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E49-001 The Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1-2 sits on the Rogers Dry Lakebed at Muroc Air Force Base, California in 1949. Some airplane characteristics are: Fuselage length, feet 31.0Wing span, feet 28.0Horizontal tail width, feet 11.4Vertical tail height, feet 8.02 above center line of plane. 1949 NASA Photo
Topic: Where -- California
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EC99-45145-1 This artist's conception shows the X-37 Advanced Technology Demonstrator in the Shuttle Payload Bay. The X-37 lies on a pallet, with the Earth in the background and the Sun rising on the right. Rounded on the top and flat on the bottom, the X-37 design incorporates double-delta wings and two horizontal stabilizers, forming a V-shape. 1999 NASA Photo
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Sun
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/X-37/EC99-45145-1.html
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EC01-0168-1 May 18, 2001 NASA Photo / Tony Landis
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ECN-17842This photo shows NASA's PIK-20 motor-glider sailplane on the ramp at the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. Next to the PIK-20 is the Low Reynolds Number Vehicle LRV remotely-piloted research vehicle. December 16, 1982 NASA Photo / NASA PIK-20 Project Description
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC, Where -- California, Where -- Dryden Flight Research...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/PIK-20/ECN-17842.html
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EC97-44295-29 A NASA SR-71 takes off Oct. 31, making its first flight as part of the NASA/Rocketdyne/Lockheed Martin Linear Aerospike SR-71 Experiment LASRE at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The SR-71 took off at 8:31 a.m. PST. The aircraft flew for one hour and fifty minutes, reaching a maximum speed of Mach 1.2 before landing at Edwards at 10:21 a.m. PST, successfully validating the SR-71/linear aerospike experiment configuration. The goal of the first flight was...
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC, Where -- California
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/SR-71-LASRE/EC97-44295-29.html
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ED05-0092-1NASA research pilot Gordon Fullerton checked out how the PCA software worked in the multi-engine simulator at NASA Ames before fight-testing PCA in an MD-11. October 11, 1994 NASA Photo / Tom Trower NASA Ames
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Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/PCA/ED05-0092-1.html
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ECN-1436The M2-F2 Lifting Body is shown here being carried aloft by the Air Force's B-52 tail number 003 prior to a research launch. The success of Dryden's ''homebuilt'' M2-F1 program led to NASA's development and construction of two heavyweight lifting bodies--the M2-F2 and the HL-10, both built by the Northrop Corporation. The ''M'' refers to ''manned'' and ''F'' refers to ''flight'' version. ''HL'' comes from ''horizontal landing.'' The first flight of the M2-F2--which looked much like the...
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EC98-44749-24 The delta wing of the Tupolev Tu-144LL supersonic flying laboratory is evident in this view from underneath the aircraft during a 1998 test flight at the Zhukovsky Air Development Center near Moscow, Russia. September 1998 NASA Photo / NASA
Topics: Where -- Moscow, Where -- Russia
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/TU-144LL/EC98-44749-24.html
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EC94-42528-1This is Dr. Leonard Weinstein's Schlieren photograph of a T-38 at Mach 1.1, altitude 13,700 feet, taken at NASA Wallops in 1993. December 13,1993 NASA Photo / Dr. Leonard Weinstein Read Schlieren Project Description
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ECN-4206The original Mini-Sniffer on Rogers Dry Lake, adjacent to NASA Flight Research Center, Edwards AFB. This version of the remotely-piloted vehicle had swept-back wings, tip rudders, nose canards, and an air breathing engine. August 1,1974 NASA Photo / NASA Read Mini-Sniffer Project Description
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ECN-31306-fr43-9 Two BQM-34 Firebee II drones were modified with supercritical airfoils, called the Aeroelastic Research Wing ARW, for the Drones for Aerodynamic and Structural Testing DAST program, which ran from 1977 to 1983. This photo, taken 12 June 1980, shows the DAST-1 Serial #72-1557 immediately after it lost its right wing after suffering severe wing flutter. The vehicle crashed near Cuddeback Dry Lake. The Firebee II was selected for the DAST program because its standard wing could be...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/DAST/ECN-31306-fr43-9.html
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E-25161 The 100th flight of the heavy-weight lifting bodies was completed on October 5, 1972, with pilot Bill Dana soaring to an altitude of 66,300 feet and a Mach number of 1.370 about 904 miles per hour in the M2-F3. This was call for a celebration as the crew responsible for maintaining and operating the vehicle, the engineers who requested the flight, the pilots who flew the M2, and the Director of the NASA Flight Research Center gather in front of the M2-F3 lifting body for a photograph....
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ED10-0083-31 NASA's SOFIA aircraft project manager John Carter is interviewed by Molly Hermann, Rob Lyall and Jason Boswell for a planned two-hour television documentary on Earth, airborne and space telescopes planned for broadcast on the Discovery Channel during SOFIA media day activities at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif. April 20, 2010 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida
Topics: What -- Earth, Where -- Sofia
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/SOFIA/ED10-0083-31.html
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EC03-0311-07 U.S. Air Force C-17 transport aircraft, tail number 0025, is being used by NASA Dryden and other NASA centers, the U.S. Air Force, Boeing, and Pratt Whitney in the Propulsion Health Management PHM portion of the Integrated Vehicle Health Management IVHM program. The program is using a USAF C-17 transport in an effort to enhance aircraft safety by enabling early electronic detection of potential problems with aircraft engines and associated systems. December 4, 2003 NASA Photo / Jim...
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EC98-44803-110 The long, curved wing of the Centurion remotely piloted flying wing is clearly visible in this photo, taken during an initial series of low-altitude, battery-powered test flights in late 1998 at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. November 1998 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida Centurion Project Description
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC, Where -- California
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EC95-43251-4 Aug. 30, 1995, a the McDonnell Douglas MD-11 transport aircraft landed equipped with a computer-assisted engine control system that has the potential to increase flight safety. In landings at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, on August 29 and 30, the aircraft demonstrated software used in the aircraft's flight control computer that essentially landed the MD-11 without a need for the pilot to manipulate the flight controls significantly. In partnership with...
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC, Where -- California, Where -- Langley Research Center...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/MD-11PCA/EC95-43251-4.html
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EC95-43355-1On August 29, 1995, aided by NASA-developed propulsion controlled aircraft PCA system, a McDonnell-Douglas MD-11 made the first-ever, safe landings of an actual transport aircraft using only engine power for control. Later, on November 30, 1995, improved software enabled a McDonnell-Douglas MD-11 to make a final landing at Edwards without the need for the pilot to manipulate the flight controls while using only engine power for control. 30 Nov 1995 NASA Photo / Read MD-11 PCA...
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ET62-00268Paresev 1A and Stearman tow plane on lakebed.August 24, 1962 NASA Photo / NASA Read Paresev Project Description
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ED06-0217-42Surplus Navy Phoenix missiles like this one mounted on the centerline pylon of NASA's F-15B research aircraft may be used to acquire hypersonic flight test data. November 14, 2006 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida
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E-2539 One of three second generation X-1 aircraft built by Bell Aircraft Corporation is seen here parked on Rogers Dry Lake. The Bell X-1B, along with its sister ship, the X-1A and X-1D, had better propulsion systems, greater fuel capacity, a more traditionally designed cockpit and canopy, and almost a five-foot longer fuselage than the original X-1 aircraft. In all, 10 pilots--eight Edwards Air Force and two NACA High-Speed Flight Station--flew 27 flights in the X-1B between September 24,1954...
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E-3363 A photo of the X-1E with pilot Joe Walker suited up at the NASA High-Speed Flight Station, Edwards, California. The dice and ''Little Joe'' are prominently displayed under the cockpit area. Little Joe is a dice player's slang term for two deuces. Five years later when Walker reached 354,200 feet in the X-15, that aircraft carried similar artwork - ''Little Joe the II.''Walker is shown in the photo above wearing an early partial pressure suit. This protected the pilot if cockpit pressure...
Topic: Where -- California
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/X-1E/E-3363.html
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E-2369 This photo was taken June 18, 1956 on Rogers Dry Lakebed after Flight 7 of the Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1E with NACA High-Speed Flight Station test pilot Joseph Joe Walker at the controls. The first generation X-1s were well known for nose gear failures and the X-1E was no exception. The hard pitch down on landing usually resulted in a collapsed nose gear. The damage rarely was serious but required several days of down-time for repair. The X-1E was the only one to have a true tail...
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EC88-0138-1 A photo showing the Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1E mounted at a jaunty angle in front of the main building 4800 at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The X-1E began life as the X-1-2, a first generation aircraft. The X-1E flew twenty-six times with two pilots. It was retired on November 6, 1958. 1988 NASA Photo / NASA
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Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/X-1E/EC88-0138-1.html
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EC96-43421-1 The X-1E guards NASA Dryden Flight Research Center's main building. February 21,1996 NASA Photo / Les Teal
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EC04-0100-05X- 45A in flight with F-18 #846 chase aircraft, during first GPS-guided weapon demonstration flight April 18, 2004 NASA Photo / Jim Ross
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EC98-44803-100 The Centurion remotely piloted flying wing during an early morning test flight over the Rogers Dry Lake adjacent to at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The flight was one of an initial series of low-altitude, battery-powered test flights conducted in late 1998. November 1998 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida Centurion Project Description
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC, Where -- California
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ECN-2368Cockpit instrument panel of the M2-F3 Lifting Body. May 6,1970 NASA Photo
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ECN-2845 Dryden Flight Research Center's Piper PA-30 Twin Commanche, which helped validate the RPRV concept, descends to a remotely controlled landing on Rogers Dry Lake, unassisted by the onboard pilot. A Piper PA-30 Twin Commanche, known as NASA 808, was used at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center as a rugged workhorse in a variety of research projects associated with both general aviation and military projects. In the early 1970s, the PA-30, serial number 301498, was used to test a flight...
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EC86-33524-02F-104N #812, F-15A #287 and YF-17 #569 in formation.1976 NASA Photo / NASA
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EC88-0051-20 March 14, 1988 NASA Photo
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ED03-0152-4 The first flight of a large aircraft to be powered by electric fuel cells began with a takeoff at 8:43 a.m. HST today from the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The Helios Prototype flying wing, built by AeroVironment, Inc., of Monrovia, Calif., as part of NASA's Environmental Research Aircraft and Sensor Technology ERAST program, used solar panels to power its 10 electric motors for takeoff and during daylight portions of its planned 20-hour shakedown flight. As sunlight diminishes, Helios...
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EC98-44803-115 The Centurion remotely piloted flying wing during an initial series of low-altitude, battery-powered test flights in late 1998 at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. November 1998 NASA Photo / Carla Thomas Centurion Project Description
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EC98-44822-5 The Centurion remotely piloted flying wing demonstrated its flying qualities during an initial series of low-altitude, battery-powered test flights in late 1998 at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. December 1998 NASA Photo / Tom Centurion Project Description
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EC96-43817-10 Pathfinder aircraft checkout flight Read Project Description November 19, 1996 NASA Photo / Carla Thomas
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EC97-44138-2 Pathfinder ground preparations prior to altitude record setting flight of 71,500 feet Read Project Description July 7, 1997 NASA photo
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ED08-0280-1In support of NASA's 50th Anniversary, hundreds of NASA government and contractor employees dressed in red, white and blue gathered to form a giant ''50'' on the back ramp at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center Oct. 28. October 28, 2008 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida Dryden People Description
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EC98-44585-3A long, slender wing and a pusher propeller at the rear characterize the Perseus B remotely piloted research aircraft, seen here during a test flight in June 1998. June 5, 1998 NASA Photo / Jim Ross
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ED03-0249-20Powered by a laser beam directed at it from a center pedestal, a lightweight model plane makes the first flight of an aircraft powered by laser energy inside a building at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. September 18, 2003 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida Power Beaming Project Description
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EC03-0089-5Scaled Composites' Proteus aircraft with an F/A-18 Hornet and a Beechcraft KingAir from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center during a low-level flyby at Mojave Airport in Southern California.The unique tandem-wing Proteus was the testbed for a series of UAV collision-avoidance flight demonstrations. An Amphitech 35GHz radar unit installed below Proteus' nose was the primary sensor for the Detect, See and Avoid tests. April 3, 2003 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida Proteus Project Description
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ED06-0187-04NASA F-15B #836 in flight with Quiet Spike attached. The project seeks to verify the structural integrity of the multi-segmented, articulating spike attachment designed to reduce and control a sonic boom.October 3, 2006 NASA Photo / Jim Ross
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ED06-0184-33NASA F-15B #836 in flight with Quiet Spike attached. The project seeks to verify the structural integrity of the multi-segmented, articulating spike attachment designed to reduce and control a sonic boom. September 27, 2006 NASA Photo / Carla Thomas
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EC03-0225-2 NASA's F-15B research testbed jet from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center flew in the supersonic shockwave of a Northrop Grumman Corp. modified U.S. Navy F-5E jet in support of the Shaped Sonic Boom Demonstration SSBD project, which is part of the DARPA's Quiet Supersonic Platform QSP program.The project is an effort to lessen sonic booms.During the recent demonstration, the F-15B flew behind the modified F-5E sonic boom demonstrator aircraft in order to measure the aircraft's...
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ED07-0204-8 Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin tries out the control station for the X-48B Blended Wing Body unmanned subscale demonstrator during a tour of NASA Dryden. August 25, 2007 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida
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EC97-44014-1X-33 program engineers at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, monitor a flight simulation of the X-33 Advanced Technology Demonstrator as a ''flight'' unfolds. The simulation provided flight trajectory data while flight control laws are being designed and developed. It also provided information which was to assist X-33 developer Lockheed Martin in aerodynamic design of the vehicle. The X-33 program was a government/industry effort to design, build and fly a...
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EC99-45061 June 29, 1999 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida
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EC99-45180-1 October 1999 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida
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EC01-0204-85The seventh free flight of an X-38 prototype for an emergency space station crew return vehicle culminated in a graceful glide to landing under the world's largest parafoil. The mission began when the X-38 was released from NASA's B-52 mother ship over Edwards Air Force Base, California, where NASA Dryden Flight Research Center is located. The July 10, 2001 flight helped researchers evaluate software and deployment of the X-38's drogue parachute and subsequent parafoil. NASA intends...
Topics: What -- International Space Station ISS, Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- California,...
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EC01-0340-62The NASA X-38 is picked up from its dry lakebed landing site following its successful eighth free flight test mission December 13, 2001. Skid marks in the ground show the X-38's landing path. December 13, 2001 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida
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ECN-13840 The XV-15 tilt rotor aircraft undergoing tests on the VTOL stand. This allowed the engine and rotor system to undergo realistic testing before being committed to actual free flight. The XV-15s, manufactured by Bell, were involved in limited research at NASA/Dryden in 1980 and 1981. The development of the XV-15 Tiltrotor research aircraft was initiated in 1973 with joint Army/NASA funding as a ''proof of concept'', or ''technology demonstrator'' program, with two aircraft being built...
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ECN-8113 This photo shows a BQM-34 Firebee II drone being carried aloft under the wing of NASA B-52 mothership during a 1977 research flight. The Firebee/DAST research program ran from 1977 to 1983 at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. This is the original Firebee II wing. Firebee 72-1564 made three captive flights--on November 25, 1975; May 17, 1976; and June 22, 1977--in preparation for the DAST project with modified wings. These were for checkout of the Firebee's...
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC, Where -- California
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E-25161 The 100th flight of the heavy-weight lifting bodies was completed on October 5, 1972, with pilot Bill Dana soaring to an altitude of 66,300 feet and a Mach number of 1.370 (about 904 miles per hour) in the M2-F3. This was call for a celebration as the crew responsible for maintaining and operating the vehicle, the engineers who requested the flight, the pilots who flew the M2, and the Director of the NASA Flight Research Center gather in front of the M2-F3 lifting body for a photograph....
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ECN-28323 A Rotor Systems Research Aircraft RSRA is seen here on the ramp at the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, in spring of 1984. The aircraft underwent tests at Dryden to familiarize pilots and researchers with ground-handling and takeoff flight characteristics, as well as to acquire in-flight data in the aircraft configuration, with the main rotor removed. The test aircraft had a basic helicopter fuselage with the wings and lower horizontal all-flying stabilizer...
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC, Where -- California, Where -- Ames Research Center ARC
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E-10437NASA Flight Research Center's Douglas R4D-5/C-47H ,Bu. No. 17136, in flight, with its landing gear extended, in 1963. August 30, 1963 NASA Photo / R4D Project Description
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EC01-0032-02The sun begins to break through the clouds over NASA's two 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft on the NASA Dryden ramp after a rain shower in February 2001. February 13, 2001 NASA Photo / Tony LandisSCA Project Description
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ED06-0202-001One of NASA's two modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft is silhouetted against the morning sky at sunrise on the ramp at Edwards Air Force Base. October 28, 2006 NASA Photo / Tony Landis SCA Project Description
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ED06-0202-020A brief tour through NASA's modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft was a popular attraction at the Edwards Air Force Base open house Oct. 28-29, 2006. October 28, 2006 NASA Photo / Tony Landis SCA Project Description
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ECN-26845 A Schweizer 1-36 sailplane, used by NASA for a series of deep-stall research flights, is shown here in a rapid, controlled descent during a flight test over the Mojave Desert in California. 1983 NASA Photo
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EC91-659-05 Evening light begins to fade at NASA's Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility later redesignated Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, as technicians begin the task of mounting the Space Shuttle Atlantis atop NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft NASA 911 for the ferry flight back to the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., following its STS-44 flight 24 November-1 December 1991. Post-flight servicing of the orbiters, and the mating operation is carried out at Dryden at the...
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EC97-44203-2 The modified Tupolev Tu-144 supersonic flying laboratory touches down and deploys a trio of drag chutes following a test flight at the Zhukovsky Air Development Center near Moscow, Russia, in July 1997. July 1997 NASA Photo / NASA/IBP
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EC98-44749-27NASA Research pilot C. Gordon Fullerton sits in cockpit of TU-144LL SST Flying Laboratory. Fullerton was one of two NASA pilots who flew the aircraft as part of a joint high speed research program. September 1998 NASA Photo / Jim Ross
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ED05-0111-1 NASA Dryden research pilot Jim Smolka, left, details a recent flight experiment on a modified F-15B research aircraft to test range program manager Jerry McKee, center director Kevin Petersen and NASA Administrator Michael Griffin right during Griffin's initial visit to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center on Tuesday, May 24. May 24, 2005 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida
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E-960 In the center foreground of this 1953 hanger photo is the YF-84A NACA 134/Air Force 45-59490 used for vortex generator research. It arrived on November 28, 1949, and departed on April 21, 1954. Beside it is the third D-558-1 aircraft NACA 142/Navy 37972. This aircraft was used for a total of 78 transonic research flights from April 1949 to June 1954. It replaced the second D-558-1, lost in the crash which killed Howard Lilly. Just visible on the left edge is the nose of the first D-558-2...
Topics: Who -- A. Scott Crossfield, Who -- John B. McKay, Who -- Neil A. Armstrong, Where -- Douglas
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EC90-357-3 This front-view photo of the X-29 technology demonstrator aircraft shows the X-29 lit by early morning light on Rogers Dry Lake, adjacent to NASA's Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility later redesignated the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. November1990 NASA Photo / NASA
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EC91-491-6 This photo shows the X-29 during a 1991 research flight. Smoke generators in the nose of the aircraft were used to help researchers see the behavior of the air flowing over the aircraft. The smoke here is demonstrating forebody vortex flow at a high angle of attack. Angle of attack, or high alpha, refers to the angle of an aircraft's body and wings relative to its actual flight path.. The tufts that can be seen in this photo attached to the fuselage and wings of the X-29 were also...
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EC90-357-7This front view of the X-29 research aircraft shows the plane lit by a full moon at the edge of day on Rogers Dry Lake, adjacent to NASA's Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility later redesignated the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The X-29, featuring one of the most unusual aircraft designs in aviation history, was flown as a technology demonstrator. The concepts and technologies explored were the use of advanced composites in aircraft construction; variable-camber...
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EC97-44008-2 Steve Ishmael flies a simulation of the X-33 Advanced Technology Demonstrator at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. This simulation was used to provide flight trajectory data while flight control laws were being designed and developed, as well as to provide aerodynamic design information to X-33 developer Lockheed Martin. The X-33 program was a government/industry effort to design, build and fly a half-scale prototype that would have demonstrate in flight...
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EC98-44554-8A close up of the Flight Test Fixture II, mounted on the underside of the F-15B Aerodynamic Flight Facility aircraft. The Thermal Protection System TPS samples, which included metallic Inconel tiles, soft Advanced Flexible Reusable Surface Insulation tiles, and sealing materials, were attached to the forward-left side position of the test fixture. In-flight video from the aircraft's on-board video system, as well as chase aircraft photos and video footage, documented the condition...
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EC04-0100-01X- 45A first GPS-guided weapon demonstration - weapon release April 18, 2004 NASA Photo / Jim Ross
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EC04-0311-08 NASA's ultra-quiet YO-3A acoustics research aircraft taxis out from the ramp at the Dryden Flight Research Center before a pilot checkout flight. October 29, 2004 NASA Photo / Tony Landis
Topic: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC
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EC76-5270The Northrop Aviation YF-17 technology demonstrator aircraft in flight during a 1976 flight research program at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California.1976 NASA Photo / NASA
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EC02-0031-6 The Helios Prototype flying wing stretches almost the full length of the 300-foot-long hangar at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The 247-foot span solar-powered aircraft, resting on its ground maneuvering dolly, was on display for a visit of NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe and other NASA officials on January 31, 2002. The unique solar-electric flying wing reached an altitude of 96,863 feet during an almost 17-hour flight near Hawaii on August 13, 2001, a...
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EC02-0031-7 The solar-powered Helios Prototype flying wing frames two modified F-15 research aircraft in a hangar at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The elongated 247-foot span lightweight aircraft, resting on its ground maneuvering dolly, stretched almost the full length of the 300-foot long hangar while on display during a visit of NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe and other NASA officials on Jan. 31, 2002. The unique solar-electric flying wing reached an altitude of...
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ED10-0083-34 With a protective sun cover over its primary mirror, the high-tech German-built infrared telescope is nested in its framework inside the 19-foot-deep, 12-foot-wide telescope cavity in the rear fuselage of NASA's SOFIA flying observatory. April 20, 2010 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida
Topics: What -- Sun, Where -- Sofia
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ED10-0104-037 Technicians carefully fill the FORCAST camera's dewers with liquid helium to cool the instrument during pre-installation checkout. May 7, 2010 NASA / Tony Landis
Topic: Where -- Sofia
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EC97-44295-99 A NASA SR-71 made its successful first flight Oct. 31 as part of the NASA/Rocketdyne/ Lockheed Martin Linear Aerospike SR-71 Experiment LASRE at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The SR-71 took off at 8:31 a.m. PST. The aircraft flew for one hour and fifty minutes, reaching a maximum speed of Mach 1.2 before landing at Edwards at 10:21 a.m. PST, successfully validating the SR-71/linear aerospike experiment configuration. The goal of the first flight was to...
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EC03-0085-10Scaled Composites' unique tandem-wing Proteus was the testbed for a series of UAV collision-avoidance flight demonstrations. An Amphitech 35GHz radar unit installed below Proteus' nose was the primary sensor for the Detect, See and Avoid tests. March 27, 2003 NASA Photo / Carla Thomas Proteus Project Description
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EC02-0058-23Scaled Composites' Proteus aircraft and an F/A-18 Hornet from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center during a low-level flyby at Las Cruces Airport in New Mexico.March 14, 2002 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida Proteus Project Description
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E-17349The NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station X-4 research aircraft is seen in this 1950s in-flight photograph flying near an approaching cloud bank. The two large ''X''s seen connected by a line painted on the aircraft were used as an aid in optical tracking. The X-4 Bantam, a single-place, low swept-wing, semi-tailless aircraft, was designed and built by Northrop Aircraft, Inc. It had no horizontal tail surfaces and its mission was to obtain in-flight data on the stability and control of...
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ED94-42734-6 This is a computer enhanced artist's concept of a semi-tailless X-31 Enhanced Fighter Maneuverability Aircraft in flight. In 1994, software was installed in the X-31 to demonstrate the feasibility of stabilizing a tailless aircraft at supersonic speed, using thrust vectoring. This software allowed destabilization through the control laws of the aircraft in incremental steps to the goal of simulation 100 percent tail-off. Quasi-tailless tests began in 1994. The first phase started...
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EC97-44165-149A collection of NASA's research aircraft on the ramp at the Dryden Flight Research Center in July 1997: X-31, F-15 ACTIVE, SR-71, F-106, F-16XL Ship #2, X-38, Radio Controlled Mothership and X-36.July 16, 1997NASA Photo / Tony Landis› X-36 Project Description
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EC80-13848 This photo shows the unique XV-15 Tiltrotor aircraft in vertical flight at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. The XV-15s, manufactured by Bell, were involved in limited research at NASA/Dryden in 1980 and 1981. The development of the XV-15 Tiltrotor research aircraft was initiated in 1973 with joint Army/NASA funding as a ''proof of concept'', or ''technology demonstrator'' program, with two aircraft being built by Bell Helicopter Textron BHT in 1977. The aircraft are powered by...
Topic: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC
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EC99-45185-1The Perseus B high-altitude, remotely piloted research vehicle touches down on the runway at Edwards AFB, adjacent to NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, after a test flight in September 1999. The Perseus B was the third version of the Perseus design developed by Aurora Flight Sciences under the Dryden-managed Environmental Research Aircraft and Sensor Technology ERAST program. September 1999 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida
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EC99-44962-4 Electronics technician Joe Ciganek was responsible for operation and maintenance of the SR-71 simulator while it was at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. March 25, 1999 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida
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EC94-42478-8 One of two X-31 Enhanced Fighter Maneuverability Demonstrator aircraft top, flown by an international test organization at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, is seen here accompanied by a NASA F-18 chase aircraft during a research flight over the desert floor. The X-31 had a three-axis thrust-vectoring system, coupled with advanced flight controls, to allow it to maneuver tightly at very high angles of attack.1994 NASA Photo
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC, Where -- California
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EC03-0085-17Scaled Composites' unique tandem-wing Proteus was the testbed for a series of UAV collision-avoidance flight demonstrations. An Amphitech 35GHz radar unit installed below Proteus' nose was the primary sensor for the Detect, See and Avoid tests. March 27, 2003 NASA Photo / Carla Thomas Proteus Project Description
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EC94-42805-1A simple sketch on a TWA napkin by NASA Dryden engineer Frank W. ''Bill'' Burcham led to development and validation of the Propulsion-Controlled Aircraft concept. October 11, 1994 NASA Photo / Dennis Taylor
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E-1000AAs shown in this photograph the X-4's design allowed it to be broken in two, aft of the engines, for servicing and instrumentation work. The X-4 Bantam, a single-place, low swept-wing, semi-tailless aircraft was designed and built by Northrop Aircraft, Inc. It had no horizontal tail surfaces and its mission was to obtain in-flight data on the stability and control of semi-tailless aircraft at high subsonic speeds. 1953 NASA Photo / NACA/NASA
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E-29038William H. Dana poses in front of the X-24B after his last powered lifting-body flight on September 23, 1975. In the late 1960s and in the 1970s Dana was a project pilot on the lifting-body program which flew several versions of the wingless vehicles and produced data that helped in development of the Space Shuttles. For his contributions to the lifting body program, Dana received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. September 1975 NASA Photo / NASA
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ED03-0152-60 The takeoff set the stage for a two-day Helios endurance flight in the stratosphere planned for mid-July. The Helios wing, spanning 247 feet and weighing about 2,400 pounds, is giving NASA and industry engineers confidence that remotely piloted aircraft will be able to stay aloft for weeks at a time, providing environmental monitoring capabilities and telecommunications relay services Helios is an all-electric airplane. In addition to being non-polluting, Helios can fly above...
Topic: What -- Sun
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ED97-43938-1 An artist's conception showing the relative sizes of the X-33 left and the proposed operational VentureStar. Although about the same shape, the VentureStar would be twice the size of the half scale X-33. The added size was necessary to accommodate a large payload bay, and the increased fuel supply needed to reach orbital speeds of Mach 25+. The VentureStar was intended to be a low-cost, reusable launch vehicle, while the X-33 fabricated to test the advanced technologies needed to...
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EC97-43902-1 SR-71Bin Flight - View from Air Force Tanker. January 1997 NASA Photo / Jim Ross
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E-1758Cowboy Joe NACA High-Speed Flight Station test pilot Joseph Walker and his steed Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1A A happy Joe was photographed in 1955 at Edwards, California. The X-1A was flown six times by Bell Aircraft Company pilot Jean ''Skip'' Ziegler in 1953. Air Force test pilots Maj. Charles ''Chuck'' Yeager and Maj. Arthur ''Kit'' Murray made 18 flights between 21 November 1953 and 26 August 1954. The X-1A was then turned over to the NACA. Joe Walker piloted the first NACA flight...
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E-1152These people and this equipment supported the flight of the NACA D-558-2 Skyrocket at the High-Speed Flight Station at South Base, Edwards AFB. Note the two Sabre chase planes, the P2B-1S launch aircraft, and the profusion of ground support equipment, including communications, tracking, maintenance, and rescue vehicles. Research pilot A. Scott Crossfield stands in front of the Skyrocket. January 17, 1954 NASA Photo
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ED09-0302-42 Retired long-time NASA Dryden Flight Research Center employee John McTiguewas among four individuals honored as 2009 Eagles by the Flight Test Historical Foundation during the group's annual Gathering of Eagles event Oct. 16. The foundation supports operation and improvements to the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum at Edwards Air Force Base. October 16, 2009 NASA Photo / Tony Landis Read Feature Story
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EC95-43116-25 Lee R. Scherer Lee R. Scherer was appointed Director of the NASA Flight Research Center on October 11, 1971, a position he held until January 19, 1975, when he became the Director of the Kennedy Space Center. Read Full Bio Circa 1980 NASA Photo
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EC05-0203-37 California Polytechnic State University student Andrew Welborn collects C-17 landing noise data using a laptop with sound card and connected to a GPS receiver. September 10, 2005 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida C-17 Project Description
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EC79-11687 TF-104G #824 flies chase on NB-52B durng a DAST ARW-1 captive flight. September 14, 1979 NASA Photo / Bob Rhine DAST Project Description
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EC00-0226-21 Following initial captive flight tests last year at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California, the X-34 technology demonstrator began a new series of tests last week in which it is being towed behind a semi-truck and released to coast on the Edwards dry lakebed. On July 20, 2000, it was towed and released twice at speeds of five and 10 miles per hour. On July 24, 2000, it was towed and released twice at 10 and 30 miles per hour. Twelve tests are...
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC, Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- California
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EC98-44554-31In-flight photo of the NASA F-15B used in tests of the X-33 Thermal Protection System TPS materials. Flying at subsonic speeds, the F-15B tests measured the air loads on the proposed X-33 protective materials. In contrast, shock loads testing investigated the local impact of the supersonic shock wave itself on the TPS materials. Similar tests had been done in 1985 for the space shuttle tiles, using an F-104 aircraft.14 May 1998 NASA Photo / Jim Ross
Topic: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter
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